AEP and Zimmer CEOs among business executives encouraging high school students to tackle rigorous coursework

Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2004 — The Center for State Scholars has named two new members to its Board of Directors. Dr. E. Linn Draper Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power Co. Inc., has joined the board.

J. Raymond Elliott, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Zimmer Holdings, Inc., has joined the board.

The Center, introduced in the summer of 2002 by President Bush and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, promotes the State Scholars Initiative, a business-led public/private partnership that challenges high school students to master a set of academically rigorous courses that will better prepare them to succeed in the workplace, military, or higher education.

“AEP employees have been a tremendous asset to State Scholars initiatives in several communities where they have facilities,” said Center for State Scholars Board Chairman J. Brian Ferguson. “Linn Draper’s participation on the CSS Board will expand AEP’s leadership role in this important effort to improve high school education nationally.

Draper has been president of AEP since 1992. He participates on numerous local, national and international boards.

“Zimmer has been a proponent of Indiana’s Core 40 Scholars campaign,” said Ferguson, who is chairman and chief executive officer of Eastman Chemical Company.

“Ray Elliott will help us advance the message that students who complete a rigorous academic course of study are equipped for the future, while students who don’t complete rigorous math, science and communications courses are not. This is particularly relevant to Indiana’s significant health care industry base.”

Elliott has been president of Zimmer since 1997 and has served on more than fifteen boards in North America, Europe and Japan.

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) owns and operates more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States and select international markets and is the largest electricity generator in the U.S. AEP is also one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, with almost 5 million customers linked to AEP’s 11-state electricity transmission and distribution grid.

The company is based in Columbus, Ohio. The company employs 22,000 in the U.S. and serves customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Zimmer (NYSE: ZMH), based in Warsaw, Indiana, is a worldwide leader in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of reconstructive orthopedic, spinal and dental implants; trauma products; and related orthopaedic surgical products.

The company employs nearly 7,000 people worldwide, had 2002 revenues of more than $2.2 billion and has operations in 24 countries.

About the State Scholars Initiative and the Center for State Scholars The State Scholars Initiative creates public/private partnerships to motivate high school students to take courses that prepare them for college and careers.

Based on research that shows a direct relationship between challenging high school courses and college completion rates, State Scholars promotes a core course of study that emphasizes math, science, language arts, and social studies.

Under the Initiative, statewide business organizations are focusing on strategies to bring about sustained high school improvement in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

The Center for State Scholars is a 501(c)(3) established in 2002 to increase the percentage of high school students completing a rigorous course of study. The Center receives funds from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education and from private sources. For more information, log on to .

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